An estimated 75,000 backpackers working, or who have worked in Australia, could be back-paid hundreds of millions of dollars after the Federal Court ruled the so-called backpacker tax invalid.
Two holidaying nurses want to have a beer with two “cool” English tourists who managed to keep positive minutes after being attacked by a shark. The nurses provided first aid which is credited with saving the men’s lives.
Tourists are warned to check the credentials of whale-watching companies as the Maritime Safety Authority investigates reports a boat operated without a licence.
The 91-year-old cattle station pioneer who laid the chain up the rock says he is not expecting visitor numbers to dive now the climb has officially been closed.
Nearly 34 years to the day since Uluru was handed back to the Anangu traditional owners, their wishes will now be enforced by law, and anyone caught ascending the culturally significant site will face thousands in fines.
The climb closure at Uluru could motivate other traditional owner groups around the country to limit access to their cultural and sacred sites.
A Tasmanian council has not yet decided whether it will appeal a decision giving a green light to a luxury helicopter-accessed fishing camp at Lake Malbena, saying the process has “put the council under a lot of stress”.
As people flock to Uluru in their thousands to make the ascent while they still can, tour operators are finding new ways for people to enjoy the area after the climb is closed for good next weekend.
Whale watchers off the north coast of New South Wales have held a front-row seat to the rarely witnessed and gruesome spectacle of a pod of killer whales devouring a juvenile humpback whale.
As it hosts researchers and conservationists as part of the World Whale Conference, Hervey Bay’s responsible and sustainable practices have been awarded.